Special Clinical Focus

  • Surgery of the thoracic aorta
  • Complex coronary surgery
  • Complex heart vale surgery
  • Center for endoscopic assisted, minimally invasive heart surgery
  • Differentiated rhythm surgery
  • Transplantation of heart and lung incl. heart and lung support systems

About us

The West German Heart Center Essen is one of the leading and most modern heart centers in Germany for the treatment of heart and circulatory diseases.
It is constructed according to the latest know-how and current requirements and equipped with cutting edge and the best medical facilities.

Cardiac surgeons and cardiologists work together under one roof in unparalleled close partnership. The Department for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery is renowned internationally and is leading in the area of acquired cardiovascular diseases such as coronary bypass surgery, minimally invasive heart valve surgery, aortic surgery and heart and lung transplantion.
Our patients can expect not only an excellent and holistic medical treatment, but also a comfortable atmosphere with friendly human care. Therefore, it is of great importance for us to have a pleasant environment on the wards and in the patients' rooms. Safe cardiac surgery based on the latest scientific knowledge and close interdisciplinary collaboration with our fellow cardiologists is crucial to us.
This interdisciplinary structure guarantees independent decision making concerning the best possible patient treatment.

A highly qualified and highly motivated team of doctors, nurses and medical technical staff will take care of you continuously, with the aim of restoring your health and comfort as soon as possible.

Therapeutic Services

Every year, we carry out approximatly 2,000 operations, 1,250 using the heart-lungmachine. Our four operation theaters are equipped with state of the art technical facilities, which enable us to carry out all current major operative procedures in the area of cardiac and thoracic surgery, under  optimal conditions, with maximum safety for the patient.
In addition, we have a so-called "hybrid room" which merges operating theater and cardiac catheter laboratory in one place - diagnostic and therapeutic methods at one table. In this way, simultaneous treatment of the patient by the surgeon and the cardiologist is made possible for the first time.
We are thus able to carry out just one intervention where two would have been needed elsewhere, thereby saving time and keeping trauma for the patient to a minimum.

  • Coronary bypass operation also minimally invasive without heart-lung machine (off-pump)
  • Total arterial bypass grafting
  • Heart valve operation (reconstruction of the aortic, mitral and tricuspid valves or replacement of them by means of a prosthetic implant)
  • Minimally invasive endoscopic heart surgery (heart valves, harvesting of veins and arteries, heart tumors, disorders of the atrium)
  • Transcatheter-assisted aortic valve implants (TAVI, transapical, transfemoral)
  • Surgery of the thoracic aorta (aneurysm and dissection)
  • Minimally invasive "stenting" operations in the aorta (TEVAR- thoracic aortic endovascular repair)
  • Operations to treat arrhythmias, maze operations, mini-maze operations, pacemakers, defibrillation, CRT systems
  • Complex heart surgery "maximum surgery" (aortic arch surgery, endocarditis, acute and chronic embolism of the pulmonary artery, redo´s, lung surgery)
  • Heart, lung and heart-lung transplants
  • Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy
  • Hybrid operations, complex combination surgery
  • Tumor surgery of heart and vessels, mediastinum and lungs
  • Essen model: care
  • Physiotherapy

Special Offers / Arrangements / Rooms

  • State of the art equipment in single and double bed rooms
  • Each bed has its own LCD color television with 16 programs and eight radio programs and a telephone with its own call number
  • Internet via WLAN
  • Cash machine at the main entrance
  • Patient library with 10,000 books
  • Accommodation service for relatives
  • Rooming-in (if requested)
  • Evangelical and catholic pastoral care
  • Ecumenical chapel
  • Social services to complement the care of doctors and nurses
  • Ecumenical hospital assistants
Leading Medicine Guide

of selected experts in the specialist field Heart Surgery

Other services

  • Thoracic aortic aneurysms, aortic dissections
  • coronary heart disease, as well in advanced stages of the disease
  • Valvular heart diseases, as well multiple heart valve insufficiencies, congenital heart defects in adults
  • Cardiac arrhythmias that cannot be controlled by conservative means
  • Heart and respiratory insufficiency

Directions

Airports near

  • Airport Düsseldorf29 kilometer — approx. 20 minutes
  • Airport Essen Mulheim7 kilometer – approx. 12 minutes
  • Airport Dortmund49 kilometer – approx. 45 minutes

Additional staff

PD Dr. med.
Markus Kamler

Acting Medical Director

Dr. med.
Paschalis Tossios

Senior Consultant in Charge